Traffic Deaths Jump Nine Percent in First Half of 2016
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Aug 30, 2016 in Wrongful Death
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 19,100 people have died in automobile accidents on U.S. roads in the first six months of 2016 – up nine percent over the same period last year and 18 percent over the same period in 2014.
From January through the end of June 2016, approximately 2.2 million people were injured in vehicle accidents throughout the country, according to preliminary data. The injuries and fatalities that occurred during this period have a projected price tag of $205 billion.
Experts say there are no signs that this upward trend will decline. According to the NSC, 2016 may end up as the deadliest year for driving in the U.S. since 2007. The NSC is also expecting the coming Labor Day holiday weekend to be the deadliest since 2008; an estimated 428 traffic fatalities will occur during this three-day period.
Reasons behind the jump
There are various reasons that could be contributing to the rise in traffic fatalities this year, says the NSC.
Gas prices are 16 percent below 2015 costs, prompting people to drive more. There has been a 3.3 percent increase in average mileage traveled, leading to more fatalities taking place simply because motorists are on the roads more.
Speed limits have also been on the rise and have been attributed to increasing traffic deaths throughout the country.
Distracted driving due to cell phone use is a growing problem among drivers, despite laws in several states banning texting and talking on the phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
On a more positive note, alcohol-related accident deaths have declined. Formerly, about half of all fatal traffic accidents involved alcohol use – now, it’s only about 30 percent.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal automobile accident this year, your family may be entitled to compensations for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. The wrongful death lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan will review your claim and can help aide you in your pursuit of justice.